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From Russia with Love (1963)

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James Bond willingly falls into an assassination plot involving a naive Russian beauty in order to retrieve a Soviet encryption device that was stolen by S.P.E.C.T.R.E.

Director:

Terence Young

Writers:

Richard Maibaum (screenplay), Johanna Harwood (adaptation)
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Connery ... James Bond
Daniela Bianchi ... Tatiana Romanova
Pedro Armendáriz ... Ali Kerim Bey (as Pedro Armendariz)
Lotte Lenya ... Rosa Klebb
Robert Shaw ... Donald 'Red' Grant
Bernard Lee ... 'M'
Eunice Gayson ... Sylvia Trench
Walter Gotell ... Morzeny
Francis De Wolff Francis De Wolff ... Vavra (as Francis de Wolff)
George Pastell ... Train Conductor
Nadja Regin ... Kerim's Mistress
Lois Maxwell ... Miss Moneypenny
Aliza Gur ... Vida
Martine Beswick ... Zora (as Martin Beswick)
Vladek Sheybal ... Kronsteen
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James Bond 007 is on the search for a Russian decoding machine, known as "Lektor". Bond needs to find this machine, before the evil S.P.E.C.T.R.E. organization discovers it. While being romantically linked with Russian girl, Tatiana Romanova, Bond sneaks his way around Istanbul, while each S.P.E.C.T.R.E. Agent tries to pick him off, including the over powering Donald "Red" Grant and ex K.G.B. Agent Rosa Klebb, who knows all of the tricks in the book, and even possesses an incredible poison tipped shoe. Written by simon_hrdng

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Trivia

The Gypsy camp was to be filmed in an actual camp in Topkapi, but was actually shot in a replica of it at Pinewood Studios. See more »

Goofs

In the boat chase, the director's waving hand can be seen reflected in the windshield of Bond's boat at several points. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Morzeny: [after Grant kills a look-a-like Bond] Exactly one minute, fifty-two seconds. That's excellent.
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Crazy Credits

Ernst Blofeld's actor is credited as "?". See more »

Alternate Versions

The 2001 DVD release corrects the misspelling of Martine Beswick's name in the credits. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Our Man Flint (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

From Russia with Love
Music by John Barry
Lyrics by Lionel Bart
Performed by Matt Monro
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From Russia with Love - Movie Review
16 February 2020 | by alexpitt-345-971699See all my reviews

From Russia with Love is an interesting film for me, because I think it's both a great film, and an overrated film at the same time. Many people seem to consider this to be one of the best Bond films of all time, but it just doesn't quite get there for me. However, I still really enjoy it, and it contains many iconic moments from the franchise.

Sean Connery is back as James Bond, and he is as great as ever. The woman who joins him on the journey this time around is Tatiana Romanova, played excellently by Daniela Biachini. Her character isn't one of the more likeable of all the Bond girls, but she is fleshed out and has many layers to her.

The pacing of this film is wonderful, because it keeps moving at all times and doesn't feel like it's almost two hour runtime. The action scenes aren't great compared to the Bond films which are released nowadays, but they were phenomenal for a film released in 1963 and remain completely watchable today.

The aspect which stops this from being top-tier Bond for me is the story. It's always engaging, but it could be quite convoluted and I wasn't as fully invested in it as I was for Dr. No. The theme song is also extremely boring, but it wasn't until 1964's Goldfinger that they started getting more exciting with their themes.

Overall, From Russia with Love is a fun watch and certainly a great Bond film, but it's not on the same level for me as some other people put it on.

SCORE: 82%


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Official Sites:

MGM [United States]

Country:

UK

Language:

English | Russian | Turkish | Romany

Release Date:

27 May 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$24,796,765

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$24,808,046
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Eon Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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